What’s the fastest letter in the alphabet? Don’t worry; this isn’t the feed line of a cringe-worthy dad joke, but a genuine question that different manufacturers seem to have different answers to. Look at the badges on the back of various high-performance cars and you’ll find letters such as M, N and, of course, S, highlighting their additional under-bonnet muscle. VW, though, prefers the letter R, as seen on the rump of the Volkswagen T-Roc R.
Using one of our favourite small SUVs as a starting point, Volkswagen has stuck to a familiar formula. Up front is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that channels 296bhp to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Familiar? Well, yes. It’s another example of the Golf R hot hatch's oily bits being shoehorned into an SUV, following hot on the heels of the Audi SQ2 and our reigning Sports SUV of the Year, the Cupra Ateca. However, add a few options to the T-Roc R and you’re knocking on the door of entry-level Porsche Macan money.
But, the $64,000 question is this: can the T-Roc R put an even bigger grin on your face than the Ateca, while remaining usable for the everyday grind? If it can, we might be looking at the new top dog in its class.
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